Mirror, Mirror, the first collection of Jerome Bixby's science fiction in nearly fifty years, showcases three forgotten pulp magazine stories that Bixby adapted for the acclaimed Star Trek episode of the same name.
Before he wrote four fan-favorite Star Trek episodes (receiving a nomination for the coveted Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation) and the screen story for the movie Fantastic Voyage, Jerome Bixby (1923-1998) was a highly regarded professional science fiction magazine editor and writer remembered for his "yeoman work in raising the standards of the science fiction action story […] whose own stories, though few, are much sought after by discriminating readers." (Science Fiction Stories 1953)
Bixby soon deserted magazine editing for Hollywood, where he wrote a number of low-budget, late-1950s monster movies including It: The Terror from Beyond Space (the acknowledged inspiration for Alien), and landed scripting chores on the documentary-esque early science fiction television series Men Into Space, before striking it big when he sold Fantastic Voyage to a studio.
Jerome Bixby is best remembered, however, for the four episodes he wrote for the original Star Trek television series, and is much revered by series fans for introducing, in "Mirror, Mirror", the concept of the "mirror universe" populated by sinister facsimiles of Kirk, Spock, et al.
Bixby also wrote three other episodes, "By Any Other Name," "Day of the Dove," and, "Requiem for Methuselah," all of which critics and fans rank among the best in the series.
Fans of all types will thrill to learn that this first-ever collection focusing on Jerome Bixby's science fiction will showcase a pair of never-before-reprinted novelettes containing ideas that Bixby would later mine and transmogrify in two of his highly regarded Star Trek episodes, "Mirror, Mirror" and "Cargo to Callisto" (used in "By Any Other Name").
The collection will also contain Bixby's most famous short story, "It's a Good Life," memorably dramatized first on The Twilight Zone, then in Twilight Zone: The Movie, and finally reinterpreted for the twenty-first century on the series' 2002–3 incarnation, in "It's Still a Good Life."
Other Bixby classics include "Tubemonkey" (1949), and his very last, "The God Plllnk" (1964). You will also find a half-dozen other "lost" stories and novelettes reprinted for the first time since their original magazine publication in the 1950 and '60s.
Mirror, Mirror was edited, and is personally introduced, by his son, screenwriter and producer Emerson Bixby.
Mirror, Mirror: Classic SF by the Famed Star Trek and Fantastic Voyage Writer is a collection with something for everyone; it's for fans of pulp magazines, for fans of good science fiction writing, and for every fan who has ever journeyed along the space lanes with Kirk, Spock and McCoy.